The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to witness its maiden double-header of the tournament. Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore will play against Rajasthan Royals at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium of Abu Dhabi. For the first time in this tournament, the game will begin from 3:30 PM (IST) onwards on October 3.
RCB won their last game in the Super Over, but their death bowling still looks a bit worrying. Although, the addition of Isuru Udana and Adam Zampa added some depth to their bowling department. As a result, Kohli and co. are most likely to play with the same XI in this game.
On the other hand, RR lost their last game after registering victories in their first two encounters. Their batting unit looks heavily dependent on their top three batsmen. So, the fans might get to see youngster Yashasvi Jaiswal back in the side for Robin Uthappa or Riyan Parag.
RCB vs RR: Head-to-Head
Total matches played: 21
RCB won: 8
RR won: 10
No Result: 3
RCB vs RR: Possible XIs
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (Captain), AB de Villiers (Wicket-Keeper), Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Washington Sundar, Isuru Udana, Navdeep Saini, Yuzvendra Chahal, Adam Zampa
Rajasthan Royals: Yashasvi Jaiswal, Jos Buttler (Wicket-Keeper), Steve Smith (Captain), Sanju Samson, Robin Uthappa/Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Tom Curran, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajpoot, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat
RCB vs RR: Players to watch out for
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Navdeep Saini
Rajasthan Royals: Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, Jofra Archer
RCB vs RR: Match Prediction
Rajasthan Royals will start as the favourites in this game as they have performed as one of the best sides in this tournament so far. Moreover, the head-to-head count is also slightly tilted in their favour.